Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff named to university-wide Women’s Commission

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff has been named to the university’s Provost Women’s Commission. The two-year appointment was made by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit.

The commission was created in 2008 by then-Provost Kathy Krendl to help women make the fullest contributions possible to the mission of the university. The work of the commission helps to support the professional development of women; identifies and provides insights on issues of concern to women; and assists with the ongoing work of improving the climate for women at Ohio University.

“I’m pleased that Dean Burgraff has agreed to serve on the Women’s Commission. As a senior university administrator and a representative of the regional campuses, she brings a wealth of experience and insights that will significantly aid the work of the commission,” Provost Benoit said.

Dean Burgraff said, “I appreciate Provost Benoit naming me to this commission, and I look forward to working with colleagues across the university to further strengthen Ohio University’s dynamic learning and working environment. It is an honor to be involved with this group, and it is a responsibility that I take seriously.”

The commission’s Web site, which includes the group’s membership and mission statement, is available online at

Chillicothe Campus steps up recycling efforts

The Chillicothe Campus has stepped up its recycling program by making it more convenient for campus and community members to discard items that can be reused.

Currently, 23-gallon receptacles are being placed in all classrooms for the disposal of recyclable items. As a convenience feature, items do not need to be sorted before being tossed in the green containers. Acceptable items include:

• Computer and office paper

• Flattened cardboard boxes

• Newspapers and inserts

• Envelopes

• Paperboard (cereal boxes, etc)

• Empty aluminum cans

• Empty plastic bottles

• Rinsed steel food and soup cans

• Glass containers

Also, smaller blue-colored containers are being placed in faculty and administrative office areas.

Further, community members can dispose of recyclable materials in the larger containers in the campus recycling center, located in the south-central portion of the main parking area.

Rumpke Recycling is handling the recycling efforts.

The campus is also continuing its emphasis on secure-document destruction with document-destruction containers in the Dean’s Office, Central Processing Center and all campus buildings.

The campus has contracted with First Capital Enterprises of Chillicothe for the secure-document destruction effort.

“These steps continue the campus’ ongoing sustainability efforts by having in place a program that is both robust and convenient. As an educational institution, it is important to be a leader in this area and to be good stewards of our resources,” Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott said.

Caution and judgment are urged during times of inclement weather

With the opening of winter quarter, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C Web site for closing information.

In situations in which the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Further, students can register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site (located approximately halfway down the Web page):

Fitness Demo explores various exercise programs

Individuals can explore various ways to stay in shape during the Fitness Demo from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Shoemaker Center. The event allows individuals of various levels of fitness to explore what workout program best fits their goals and interests.

The event is free and open to the public, and individuals are welcome to attend all or portions of the event.

With many new year’s resolutions including fitness goals, this event is particularly relevant.

All participants will receive a one-week pass to the OU-C Health and Wellness Center.

The event includes:

4:30 p.m. Strength and Toning

5 p.m. Spinning

5:30 p.m. Kickboxing

Intermission: Door prizes, body fat analysis and blood pressure checks

6:15 p.m. Basic step

6:30 p.m. Zumba

7 p.m. Boot camp

Mentoring Grant Benefits Local Educators

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host workshops for area elementary and high-school teachers who mentor teacher candidates during their field experience or practice teaching experience. The workshops will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, 18 & 25, 2011, and Feb. 1 & 8, 2011, in the campus’ Child Development Center.

The workshop sessions will address topics such as setting expectations, encouraging reflection, getting teacher candidates involved and understanding how candidates grow into teachers. Interested individuals should contact John Henning at (740) 597-2198 or for more information or to register. The first 30 individuals to enroll will earn one graduate quarter hour.

Upcoming Campus Events

• OU-C basketball vs. Crown College (Tenn.) at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 in Shoemaker Center (men only)

• OU-C basketball vs. Miami-Middletown at 1 p.m. on Jan. 8 in Shoemaker Center

• Fitness Expo from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 in Shoemaker Center

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Jan. 11 & 25 and Feb. 8 & 22

• OU-C basketball vs. Akron-Wayne at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 in Shoemaker Center

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Jan. 18 and Feb. 8

• “Making a Living Through Your Art” public discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 in Quinn Library as part of the Salon Series

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall 105 on Jan. 20 and Feb. 10

• OU-C basketball vs. OSU-Lima at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Shoemaker Center

• Foothills Folk Society in concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Bennett Hall auditorium

Monday, January 3, 2011

Continuing to put campus vision into action

Following is a message from OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff to the campus community.

Jan. 3, 2011

Members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe community,

Welcome back to campus as we begin winter quarter. Fall quarter was eventful with several initiatives put in place such the development of strategic priorities for the year and task forces assigned to implement the changes; a new tobacco-use area on campus; and a designated faculty parking area, and we look to continue that momentum during the upcoming year.

Since beginning my duties as dean of the Chillicothe Campus in August 2010, I have been mindful of putting people in positions where their abilities best allow us to put our plans into action in a way that our shared vision becomes a reality and our resources are aligned with the campus’ strategic priorities. Further, I have put an emphasis on the campus’ community outreach efforts. As we begin 2011, I am pleased to announce two personnel moves that are designed to accomplish those objectives.

Michael Green has been named director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Also, Kim McKimmy-Kelly is beginning new duties as administrative coordinator in the Health & Wellness Center. These moves, which are both effective Jan. 3, take advantage of the unique abilities of two talented, motivated individuals and better position OU-C in its mission to serve its students and serve its region.

Following is information about these two individuals and their job duties. Both Mike and Kim have their offices in the second-floor office suite of the Shoemaker Center. When you have time, please stop by and greet both of these individuals while sharing your thoughts on how we can work collaboratively to support them in their efforts.

Michael Green named Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Michael Green has been named director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Jan. 3, 2011.

He has extensive experience in community relations, non-profit organizations and business development. Green was most recently executive director of the Harbor Habitat for Humanity in Benton Harbor, Mich., having previously worked with the organization as a volunteer and staff member as well as its founding president. Green was strongly involved in the Benton Harbor community, serving on several civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Benton Harbor Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of the city’s Planning Commission and a member of the city’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

Green also has a strong background in financial services, having worked with several banks and financial services organizations for approximately 16 years, in such positions as a community liaison officer, commercial loan officer, small business lender and residential mortgage lender.

Further, as a fellow in the Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship Program, he has attended leadership seminars in Appalachian West Virginia and other locations both in the United States and around the world.

“Mike’s strong and progressive background in community relations and his understanding of business development through his work in the banking industry make him especially well-qualified for this important position,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “Further, his commitment to supporting communities mirrors the campus’ mission of serving our region. Mike understands the essence of what it means to be an engaged member of the region.”

Green said, “I look forward to this opportunity. I enjoy community-building and working with others for a common good. I look to engage individuals and work behind the scenes to impact the quality of life for residents of this region in a positive way. I have read and heard much about the campus and the community, and I am impressed by what I have found. I look to create some new energy and determine the best course of action for this area of campus so that our strategies align with the dean’s vision for OU-C.”

Kim McKimmy-Kelly Named Administrative Coordinator in Health & Wellness Center

Kim McKimmy-Kelly has been named Administrative Coordinator in the Health & Wellness Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Jan. 3. In this position, she will take a lead role in utilizing recreational offerings at the Shoemaker Center to best meet the needs of the campus and the local community.

The center has long been a resource for the community, with individuals utilizing the Shoemaker Center’s walking track, workout facilities and basketball/volleyball courts as well as fitness programs. With growing enrollment on the Chillicothe Campus, there is increased interest in further using the courts for “open gyms” and other recreational opportunities that meet the interest of today’s students. McKimmy-Kelly will help to develop plans that allow these facilities to meet their potential in meeting the camps’ goal of serving both our students and our region.

“Most on campus already know Kim, who has proven herself as a real asset to campus in various positions, most recently as administrative coordinator in the Dean’s Office. I know how much I value her contributions in helping me adjust to a new position,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “Through our daily interactions, I saw her ability to take a lead role in this area of campus that impacts the community. This position takes advantage of her strong organizational skills and ability to get things done and work with individuals across campus. Further, as a lifelong resident of this region, she understands how the Health & Wellness Center can impact the quality of life for residents of this region.”